for VA Benefits
Reservists who serve on active duty establish veteran status
and may be eligible for the full-range of VA benefits, depending on the length of active military service and a discharge
or release from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. In addition, reservists not activated may qualify for
some VA benefits.
National Guard members can establish eligibility for VA benefits if activated for federal service during
a period of war or domestic emergency. Activation for other than federal service does not qualify guard members for all VA
benefits. Claims for VA benefits based on federal service filed by members of the National Guard should include a copy of
the military orders, presidential proclamation or executive order that clearly demonstrates the federal nature of the service.
Qualifying for VA Health Care
Effective Jan. 28, 2008, veterans
discharged from active duty on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible for enhanced enrollment placement into Priority Group
6 (unless eligible for higher Priority Group placement) for 5 years post discharge. Veterans with combat service after Nov.
11, 1998, who were discharged from active duty before Jan. 28, 2003, and who apply for enrollment on or after Jan. 28, 2008,
are eligible for this enhanced enrollment benefit through Jan. 27, 2011.
Activated reservists and members of the National Guard are
eligible if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after Nov. 11, 1998, and, have been discharged under
other than dishonorable conditions.
Veterans who enroll with VA under this “Combat Veteran” authority will
retain enrollment eligibility even after their five-year post discharge period ends. At the end of their post discharge period,
VA will reassess the veteran’s information (including all applicable eligibility factors) and make a new enrollment
decision. For additional information, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387).